From your vacation rental cabin, walk to the Lake Lure Park, along the Riverwalk and to the beach. The lake is approximately 720 acres, with about 21 miles of shoreline. National Geographic has called Lake Lure one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world. Discover the beauty and charm of Lake Lure. Take a tour on the lake on a covered tour boat while your skipper guides you past local attractions and landmarks such as the locations used in filming the popular Dirty Dancing. Listen to the legends, and learn about the natural and cultural history of Hickory Nut George.
The Rocky Broad River tears its way in a series of rapids down through Hickory Nut Gap. This crystal clear water flows through a valley shaped roughly in the form of a Maltese cross to make Lake Lure. Great stretches of water, three long bays, an island of seven acres and many small bays and inlets with a background of tree clad hills and mountains.
Discover a beach surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Relax under the sun, float on the water, build sand castles with your children, or picnic with friends and family. These are just a few of the simple pleasures of the Beach at Lake Lure. For a soaking good time visit the water park, a place which brings out the child in all of us. Soaking games, a water slide, water cannons and the water wars make the water park wet fun. Admission to the water park is included in the admission price of the beach. The beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day 10 AM to 6PM weather permitting. No rain checks or refunds will be issued due to bad weather. Your admission gets you into both the beach and waterworks. Both entrances will be open daily plenty of parking available.
Lake Lure Marina offers both motorized and non-motorized boat rentals. Explore the lake on a pontoon boat or kayak.
Lake Lure was voted # 1 in Waterski Magazine for waterskiing lakes at vacation sites. With these reviews, you can't miss getting out and enjoying the breathtaking views coupled with the sensation of skiing, wake boarding, and wake surfing on water like glass! Lake Lure is great for swimming and tubing as well.
History records that the idea of a resort community in western North Carolina was the vision of Dr. Lucius B. Morse. Soliciting the financial backing of his brothers, Dr. Morse purchased 400 acres around Chimney Rock in 1902 to create Chimney Rock Park. Additional acreage was acquired over the next several years to bring the total to 8,000 acres. Dr. Morse conceived the idea of building a dam on the Rocky Broad River to create a lake and a year-round resort. The dam was completed in September 1926, forming the lake which was named Lake Lure by Dr. Morse’s wife, Elizabeth Parkenson. Read the complete history of Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure.